"Big Santa"

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Project by mpounders posted 11-01-2019 04:02 PM 504 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Big Santa Painted!”
I completed painting this guy last night and i think he turned out pretty good. Not as good as the original by Harold Enlow, but I knew that wasn’t very likely. But I still enjoy carving his rough outs and I learn quite a bit from each one and hopefully something will rub off one of these days. He is about 16 inches tall and six inches wide, so there is a lot of room for details. I did open his eyes up a bit, although they are still a little squinty. I was trying a technique that Vic Hood mentioned for making a happy eye. At least I’m happy! Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 11-01-2019 05:18 PM

Well, I think he turned out fantastic!!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 11-01-2019 05:28 PM

your too humble mike your carvings are always amazing and this is no exception.your right about the eyes,they do look very happy and jolly.your painting is as good as your carving,exceptional.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 11-01-2019 06:12 PM

Very nice work.

I cringe even thinking about how GREAT of job you did and WHAT would it look like if I had tried!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 11-01-2019 06:23 PM

That’s WAY above “Pretty Good”. Both the carving and the painting are excellent.

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#5 posted 11-01-2019 07:49 PM

Well done, Mike! Definitely a large Santa! Love all the detail, and the eyes look happy to me. Did you use a darker base coat on the hair and fur, then dry brush over top, or did you antique it?



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#6 posted 11-01-2019 09:04 PM

wow he IS a biggun GREAT JOB :<)) AS ALWAYS

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#7 posted 11-01-2019 09:12 PM

Mike, once again you bring a smile to my face. Most of your Western rouges are a guy you imagined. We all know Santa, and you nailed him, right down to his twinkly, laughing eyes.

Thanks for sharing.

Is he a contest piece, or just for funsies?

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 11-02-2019 02:42 AM

your too humble mike your carvings are always amazing and this is no exception.your right about the eyes,they do look very happy and jolly.your painting is as good as your carving,exceptional.

- pottz

+1 Pottz also lets say you make it but how do finish it? This project 5 stars

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#9 posted 11-02-2019 05:21 AM

Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship, Mike! Truly masterful! I noticed your name on Santa’s list has a question mark. I dunno. I’d say you’ve been very, very good! :))

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#10 posted 11-02-2019 10:30 AM

Well done, very beautiful ’’ Santa’’ and on time for the holiday season, bravo.

-- andrek

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#11 posted 11-02-2019 12:17 PM

That is really good!

-- Petey

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#12 posted 11-02-2019 12:20 PM

I love that beard.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#13 posted 11-02-2019 01:43 PM

Real quality work with amazing details.
Well done!

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#14 posted 11-02-2019 02:15 PM

Absolutely fantastic. Well done!

-- Gary, Florida

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#15 posted 11-03-2019 01:19 AM

Simply wonderful!

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